Today we pray for the Nation of Sudan and Meditate on
1 John 2:7

Today we are praying for the country of Sudan in North Africa.  Please help us  lift up this nation to the Lord today.  You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups.  You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.  If you want to pray for more nations in North Africa and the Middle East you can click HERE and explore the different nations and peoples that makes up the region.  

Please take time to meditate on the  devotion for today as well as we begin considering 1 John 2:7-11:  In with the old and out with the new!  

Watch the video below and pray for the requests listed at the end.

A crevasse of division and violence marks the largest east African country of Sudan. The jagged ethnic and geographic barriers decades in the making have contributed to challenges of the present. After gaining independence from the UK in 1956, differences between north and south led to civil wars and the eventual formation of South Sudan as a sovereign nation in July 2011.

 

Today's Devotional Thought

1 John 2:7-11    

Joyful Assurance: 

In with the Old and Out with the New
Part 1

We come now to 1 John 2:7-11.  John has just explained to the church that his purpose in writing is that they may not sin.  He has made it clear that this is made possible, because of what he is writing in this letter, but if, and when, we stumble, we have one who is pleading our cause:  our advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is not only pleading our cause, but He is also our propitiation.  He has given us peace with God and now we prove it by how we walk with Him.  

Just in case someone might accuse John of coloring outside of the lines that were drawn by Jesus, John makes sure that they understand that he is not writing a new gospel or a new commandment.  He says, “Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.”   He is not forming a new religion.  He is preaching the same message, the same commandment that they have always been given!  But, as this commandment takes root, it will bear fruit; and that fruit brings about a new command.  He goes on, “8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” If we understand the Old Commandment, it will produce obedience to the new commandment.  We could say, “In with the old, and out with the new!” Let us consider this old commandment today.

The Old Commandment

John says, I am not preaching to you anything new in verses 1-6.  The message that I am preaching:  the standard of holiness and purity, our need for an advocate and propitiation, and the importance of our walk with Christ and obedience to Him is nothing new.  In fact, this is old news! 

What is this old commandment?  We have a few clues in verse 7.  “Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.”  First, this commandment is something old.  Secondly, it is a commandment that they received in the beginning.  Finally, it is the word that they heard.  It is likely that John is pointing them back to the message they heard when they first believed, the message that John personally heard, saw, and touched, and then proclaimed to them.  Recall 1 John 1:1-3, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life-- 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”  The old commandment that it seems John is referring to is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Don’t think the gospel is new.  It is old!  We will think about this over the next few days.  Stay tuned!

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